Thursday, 8 March 2018

A dedication to our wonderful women designers!

With March 8th being celebrated as International Women’s Day world over, we at Bharat Floorings and Tiles stand to celebrate the women around us who have played an important role in our growth and progress as a brand. BFT is proud to be associated with some of the most talented and beautiful women designers who have been instrumental in transforming the landscape of design in the country, and have helped us evolve and explore the boundaries of our creativity in the process as well. Here are just some of the wonderful women we’ve had the great opportunity to work with…

Pallavi Doke - Envirodesigners Pvt. Ltd. (Formerly ‘The Designers’)

Pallavi Doke, a highly experienced interior designer brings a wealth of experience and personal expertise to the organisation along with her elevated sense of enthusiasm and passion to the professional practice. She is the Managing Director of Envirodesigners Pvt. Ltd which was founded in 2008. Her key interests are landscape ecology and heritage conservation. With experience spanning over 10 years, Pallavi has handled many large projects spreading all over the country.

She graduated from Sir J. J. College of Architecture, Mumbai in 1996 and has been working under accomplished Interior designers since then. She is a visiting faculty at Sir J. J. College of Architecture and Kamala Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute of Architecture, Mumbai where she teaches Graduates and Post Graduates. She endeavours to transform more spaces from ordinary and mundane into abodes that have their own unique identity. A fabulous interior designer, possessing a great sense of design and aesthetics this woman is the mastermind behind some uniquely designed apartments with a defined sense of class and elegance. 

Samira Rathod - Samira Rathod Design Associates

A famous Interior designer, Architect, furniture designer, writer, and teacher based in Mumbai, Samira is an all-rounder indeed! She graduated from the Sir. J. J. College of Architecture, Mumbai in 1986 and soon after that she completed her Master in Architecture from the University of Illinois, Urbana – Champaign in 1988.

She has worked on various projects including some for Hollywood actors and directors when she was living abroad. She is the Principle director of SRDA which was established as an architectural and interior practice in 2000.  She has received a number of awards and honours over the course of her career. In 2015, she received an honourable mention for the Architect Vision Prize – Women and Architecture. The Karjat House designed by Samira Rathod Design Associates for Morarka Gannon has won “The Habitat Award for Single Residence Winner’s Trophy”. Samira believes in cultivating talent and a strong sense of design in today’s youth and is a faculty at the Kamla Raheja Institute of Architecture in Mumbai. A passionate and experienced designer who started her career at such a young age, she applies unique designs and patterns making each space noteworthy and outstanding. 

Seema Puri Mullan Architect – from SEZA 

Seema Puri, completed her Government Diploma in Architecture (G.D.Arch) from Rachana Sansad’s “ACADEMY OF ARCHITECTURE” Mumbai in 1991, and she worked for a number of architects before setting up her own practice SEZA with her husband Zarir Mullan in 1998.

They conceptualized, designed and executed a wide range of architectural and interior projects of diverse nature ranging from corporate buildings, residential schemes, showrooms, cafeterias and Private Bungalows. They have together won numerous awards from residential architecture and have also been featured in many magazine articles. They offer a total design solution from conceptual drawing, designs, working drawing to costing and execution; they handle it all. 

Ramya Rajasekhar - Architect at Venkataramanan Associates 

Ramya is an Architect who is currently working as the senior project manager at Venkataramanan Associates. She did her education from University of Wales, Cardiff. Venkataramanan Associates is an award-winning architecture & urban design firm based in Bangalore and Pune. They have won numerous awards in both cities for their outstanding work. The firm was founded in 1970. Ramya is an experienced and well-rounded interior designer who's worked on many projects, creating spectacular apartments.

Chaitali Parekh from Inscape Designers 

Chaitali graduated from Parsons School of Design, NYC in 2007 with a BFA degree in Interior Design. Working with design firms in Mumbai gave her the experience to start her own design practice, Inscape Designers, based at Worli, Mumbai with her mother, Sejal Parikh. She specialises in designing residential, hospitality & commercial spaces. The talented mother-daughter duo has worked together and created some stunning spaces. This lovely private apartment in Colaba has been designed in the whole by Chaitali and reflects her distinct sense of style. 

Nishita Kamdar from Studio Nishita Kamdar 

A young charming lady full of ambition did her interiors from Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for architecture and environmental studies. Architect Nishita Kamdar has previously won the prestigious Charles Correa Gold Medal for Design Dissertation in 2013 for her Thesis "The Eyes of The Skin". She also won The Open House and was nominated for the prestigious IIID Anchor Awards for best Residential Interiors in a Multi dwelling.  The Open House was featured on the most popular web portal for Architecture Arch Daily in March 2016.  She designed the House of Quirk apartment using interesting shades of blue, grey and white along with a bold Le Mill pattern. 

Priyanka Mehra from PS Design Studio

Established in 2009 as an architectural and interior design studio, PS Design was founded on the principle of ‘less is more’ and remains fixed in the belief that each project is unique and requires renewed inspiration. A self-made interior designer, Priyanka started this firm with her husband. Like they say, creative minds think alike! They used tiles from the heritage collection i.e. the French beauty pattern in Grey and White to do up this private apartment. The pattern compliments the interiors beautifully giving the space a perfect vintage look. 

Sachi Gupta from Synthesis Architects

Sachi is the principal designer and partner at the Synthesis designs. Having more than a decade of strong notional & international work experience in both architecture and interiors.  She has done projects of all scale and type while working with few of the country’s best design companies. She joined hands with Parvez and started their company Synthesis which is based in New Delhi. Sachi Gupta (B.Arch) uses a problem-solving methodology.
Sachi and Pavez’s stellar teamwork and understanding of each other's design processes is what makes them great at what they do! They work together to create spaces that are aesthetically appealing and a perfect mix of vintage and chic. They understand the client’s needs and budgets and suggest design options accordingly to suit their requirements.

Anika Mittal Founder and Director Mold Design Studio
"Architecture is a tool to express ourselves and our culture. It is also a reflection of the social, cultural, environmental conditions that unite with aesthetics & function." – Anika Mittal.
Anika is a young and established Interior Designer having 8 years of experience in all the designs and construction industry in India and UK. Graduated from Sushant School of Art & Architecture, New Delhi and MSc in Urban design from The Bartlett, UCL, London, she is currently the founding director of Mold design studio, based in New Delhi and founding Partner of Amalgam, a design studio that specializes in using the traditional Indian craft of inlay to redefine the contemporary Indian aesthetic as a blend of convention and modernity.

It was great working with these talented Interior Designers and collaborating with them to create these wonderful sites and lovely patterns. We hope to work with all of them and many more such innovative minds to design several such beautiful spaces and keep adding to our designer collaboration range in the years come! More power to these beautiful women!

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Wednesday, 28 February 2018

A colourful & playful space in GOA – Hotel Mateus!!

This is about our journey of bringing to life a 100-year old mansion in paradise land, Goa. Hotel Mateus is a restored Portuguese mansion, built in 1879, nestled within the boutique and restaurant-lined area of Fontainhas, Panjim. New York-based Architect, Jonathan along with Isla Van Damme, Belgium born interior designer has transformed this dilapidated mansion into a high-end boutique hotel. The original old world elegance has been retained and mixed with a splash of new and modern amenities to create a luxurious stay away from home, with stylish and contemporary interiors.  It is a one-of-a-kind boutique hotel in Panjim!

A Restaurateur, Fashion designer, Interior stylist, and Hotelier Isla Van Damme, who prefers to go by Loulou is the woman responsible for the beautiful interiors at this historic hotel. Her wealth of experience and creative approach has led her work to be featured in many magazines. Her designing style is very unique and highly innovative. She never settles for less. She constantly thinks out of the box and her style is a mix of east and west, contemporary and vintage, mixing each form and creating her own different style. And, therefore, it is no surprise that BFT was her preferred choice for this restoration project!

While designing Hotel Mateus, her plan was to design it in such a way that makes guests feel warm & welcome as soon as they step in, while getting them straight into vacation mode. BFT tiles have been used in this space to bring out the bright and colourful feel. Each tile has been customized as per the interiors by mixing and matching various patterns from different collections to create beautiful designs. Loulou handpicked various BFT tiles in different colours and designs for areas ranging from the corridor to the bathrooms, to compliment the old world elegance and charm of the hotel.

The Shamrock pattern from the Heritage™ Collection used in a bathroom in shades of White, Sicilia and Chocolate is one of the unique designs at BFT. It gives a vintage vibe to the bathroom. The neutral and beige colours in the floral pattern are an artistic form of expression in the given space. Small intricate designs used on the walls along with the bold flooring can do wonders as you can see below.

The trends are changing and designers are opting for bold patterns to make any space stand out. The Persian carpet pattern from the Heritage™ collection used in another bathroom in Mateus Hotel looks absolutely stunning. This pattern is placed differently and in a creative manner resulting in an all-new design which gives the space a distinctive look! Using bold designs is a form of art when mixed well with the right colour tone. Today’s interior trends are not restricting you to use tiles only on the floor, but also on the walls to highlight a specific area. Restricting yourself to a certain trend is never what designing was meant to be about. Designing is about going all out and making that a trend! That’s when you end up with a space that truly stands out from the crowd.

Why opt for the same old clichéd ways to re-do your bathroom? It’s your space, so go all out and make it your favourite spot of the house. The flooring lightens up the entire space. It is very important to select the right colour combination for your tiles to create the desired effect. Lighter colours can enhance the space instantly as compared to the darker colours. The Windmill pattern from the Geometrique collection used on the walls of this bathroom in shades of Sunshine yellow, white and buttercup looks spectacular. Another bathroom has the Le Mill pattern from the BFT+ Range. We cannot take our eyes off this one!  BFT offers an endless range of tiles, from the Heritage collection to the designer collaboration BFT+ range. With the perfect combination, they transform a boring bathroom space into the best space in the entire house! These patterned wall tiles add a stunning contrast to the simple and plain flooring tiles.

Each bedroom at Hotel Mateus has its own mood and design so that each time you stay here you get a different feel. The bedrooms have been given a contemporary and modern look after remoulding this Heritage hotel. By adding dark and distinct colours with minimalistic flower design patterns brings out the beautiful charm of this room giving it a cosy feel.  The floral designs at Bharat floorings are one of our oldest designs, and the fact that they are still used widely shows how timeless they are.  Having small and intricate designs in the shade of blue and white keeps your mood calm and, needless to say, reminds you of the fact that you are in Goa. 

The bright yellow colour along with the brown hexagonal tiles used in the dining area gives it a bright, young and peppy look making it a happy space for guests joining in for lunch, dinner or breakfast. The diamond and the hexagonal pattern is an ideal choice for commercial as well as personal spaces. These designs are classic and can never go out of style. The interiors give a very warm and comforting vibe making it a perfect holiday home to stay in. The brown hexagonal tiles used in the family dining area goes wonderfully well with the vintage vibe that the hotel exudes.

Like you can see in the images above, Loulou used some stunning bright colours in a very smart way to achieve the perfect balance of subtle and bold at the same time. Each space compliments the other to create a sacred haven for tourists and frequent travellers!

It is such a pleasure to work with amazing designers who have a well-defined vision for their project and like to push the boundaries of creativity to come up with something truly awe-inspiring. We thoroughly enjoyed working on this restoration project in Goa. It was a great experience working with a gem of a person and creating this beautiful holiday home!

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Bharat Floorings & Tiles (Mumbai) Pvt. Ltd.

Shop No. GF 1/2, Block 8, Techno Park, Chogam Road, Porvorim, Bardez, Goa – 40352.
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Thursday, 15 February 2018

An Innovation to your Furniture!

Cement based micro toppings can be used indoors and outdoors to provide a clean canvas for decorative treatments such as stain, dyes, textures and stencilled patterns. With virtually unlimited design options and quick installation time, micro-cement floors can turn any space into a vibrant and beautifully designed area.

Originally this micro-cement application is supposed to be used on the floor but now you can use them on furniture to make the space stand out.
Micro cement applications are designed to be overlaid on top of an existing floor or furniture, thus preventing the need to rip out the existing floors or furniture material and waste valuable time and money.
Micro–cement clad can create an interesting look in most homes. This micro-cement has to be done on bison board or on ceramic or on stones. Micro-cement is an ultra-thin-layer compound, for finishing floors, walls, and even furniture, often with decorative texture. It is so beautiful that it can transform your space instantly. Micro cement comes in various colours and finishes. Typically, the floor will exhibit the kinds of shade variations as seen in a normal cement floor. It is great to create vintage furniture and to give your home a distinctive look. This furniture will surely not disappoint you and will make you go “WOW” once it’s ready.

During the installation process, the material is towelled onto the floor and left to set. The floor will exhibit the marks of the trowel as well, and these marks can be used to make artistic patterns if required. Any micro-cement floor is only a few millimetres thick. Therefore, the substrate or floor below is most important. The flatter and more even the floor below is, the better the outcome of the micro-cement floor. Micro cement floors typically have very few cracks. However, since the coatings are only a few millimetres thick, cracks can appear for a variety of reasons, mostly to do with the base floor or other environmental factors. Micro cement floors are seamless floorings, so patchwork or piecemeal repair of the floor is not feasible. It is always better to wait till all other civil work is over to avoid chances of damage to the floor. A micro-cement floor would typically be the last or second last item to be completed.

This application cannot be used on marble or on any other material. It is very similar to the flooring.  Micro-cement furniture is the ideal solution if you’re looking for a modern look, affordability, low maintenance and durability. This micro-cement application looks stunning on any piece of furniture. A new trend in 2018, we’re really excited for this one. The grey colour furniture looks sleek, simple and stylish.

Different Finishes of Micro-cement application:

Thin Finish Stamped Overlay, Spatter Texture or Knock Down Finish, Thin Finish IPS Overlay, Wooden Effect Stamped Overlay, Broom Finish or Brick Finish Overlay, Thin Finish Stained Overlay. Out of these, the Stain and the IPS overlay can be done on Furniture. All the applications look great and give a modern and contemporary feel to the space once ready! Customization for using various colours is available according to the interiors of your space. The various colours are Palomino, Dessert Beige, Dark Platinum, Chocolate, Charcoal, Graphite, Sangria, Brick, Forest Green and many more.You can mix and match these colours and use them in beautiful combinations.

The micro-cement application has been a major trend and interior designers love using them in their projects. It gives a rugged and bold look which will transform your simple space instantly. You can see them used in many restaurants and offices. These overlays are becoming increasingly versatile. They can be used internally and externally. It’s is a great option for those looking for a hard wearing cement aesthetic to floors, walls and furniture. How beautiful are these patterns??

This application creates a stunning look for your furniture. It is something you wouldn’t want to miss out on if you’re redecorating your house. For more micro-cement details and floors, you can visit our website -

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

All about the Heritage™ Tiles- Geometric collection!

Our Heritage™ collection is a classic and has always been a favourite amongst architects and interior designers! “Equal to the world’s best” was the motto. Many princely residences were tiled by the Bharat Tiles Company for their Highnesses - the Maharajas of Bansda, Bikaner, Gwalior, Jodhpur, Kolhapur. Umaid Bhavan Palace still retains them and so do many others. Even the British could not resist using Bharat’s ‘Swadeshi’ tiles in their Governors’ houses, Universities, the Mint, and other public buildings!

Our tryst with a heritage back to the year 1999, when in order to contribute to the heritage conservation movement, we restored original moulds and processes and introduced an expanded range of pattern tiles, under the name Heritage™  tiles.

1999 also happened to be the year that the Kala Ghoda Arts festival was held for the first time, with the aim of making Kala Ghoda the art district of Mumbai and preserving its rich architectural heritage. Bharat’s Heritage™ range was re-launched at a special exhibition at the festival. Architects and interior designers were delighted to see Bharat Floorings & Tiles revive original processes to create beautiful floors that once marked India’s most cherished buildings.
Our Heritage™ Tiles are part of the Heritage Gallery & Interpretation Centre at CST Mumbai. We have also contributed to several landmark restorations; the Cathedral & John Connon School, the Salar Jung Museum and Mumbai’s oldest museum, the BhauDaji Lad Museum. Iconic buildings across the country are now being restored by India’s leading architects who invariably choose our timeless, elegant and durable Heritage™ tiles. Bharat Floorings and Tiles has received several awards from UNESCO for Cultural Heritage Conservation.
 Bharat’s Heritage™ tiles have a vast range of sub-categories classified into distinct collections based on their designs, patterns and usage. The classic Geometrique collection is part of the timeless HeritageTM collection and is one of the preferred choices amongst interior designers, architects and consumers alike.

Strong, bold lines, focused themes with definite shapes are a few key features that make the Geometrique collection a perfect choice for commercial as well as personal spaces. Be it for a bathroom or an office space, tiles from the Geometrique collection are sure to contribute to creating a stunning floor that will suit any taste or mood.

These artistic tiles need not be confined to floors and can be used on walls as well, to create a unique look and highlight a specific area. Using contrasting colours for the flooring, walls and other elements of the house creates an appeal that is both inviting and mesmerizing.

Tiles from the Geometrique collection offer various options through a combination of colour and designer patterns. Tiles from our different collections can be mixed and matched with the Geometrique collection, to create a unique look.

Tiles from the Geometrique collection have been used to create beautiful floors at various sites across the country. Here’s a glimpse at a few sites:

The Nutcracker, Mumbai-

The Sunshine pattern from the Geometrique collection has been used in shades of black, white and grey at this charming all day cafe in Mumbai. The pattern blends seamlessly into the cafe’s cosy industrial aesthetic. The combination of geometric black and white cement floor tiles and beautiful wood furniture creates a unique and welcoming setting at the cafe. Tiles in subtle colours blend perfectly with the interiors of any space. They can transform a standard, traditional space into a chic and elegant one. This is a look that works well in cafes, offices and apartments alike. 

Bangalore Clubhouse -

Creating pops of colour, sparkle and strong depth within a space is a must, especially if the style and aesthetic of the space is contemporary and modern. The colourful and vibrant Windmill and Flowers pattern used at the Clubhouse at Bangalore is elegant and timeless. The chunky Geometrique tile pattern of this design contributes to the relaxed vibe of the beautiful and charming clubhouse.

Lounge bar Loft 38, Bangalore-

The Geometric, Orient pattern used is a classy and understated fashion. While some rely on vivacious colour, others stick to good old ‘black and white’ to get the job done! The classy colour never goes out of fashion and always stays in trend. Those familiar with Bharat Floorings patterns and designs would recognise this one in an instant.

Radisson Blu Hotel, Goa –

The bar at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Goa has a cheery Sunshine Yellow Windmill™ floor designed by Nitin Parulekar (NPAPL). The pattern creates a look that’s a great balance between contemporary and vintage. This pattern is sure to have an impact on any who visits the bar and is not easy to forget.

Mayfair Group of Restaurants –

Star Pattern; Star and Stripes Pattern and Scallop border in Terracotta Red, Jaisalmer Yellow and Black from our Heritage Collection. Some bright colours to brighten up the hotel! It’s always a good idea to highlight the space with some bold colours and prints, and especially in Hotels to make the space look welcoming and attractive. The star and diamond is one pattern which is loved and recognized by interior designers. It is used in this beautifully designed restaurant at Mayfair Group of Hotels in Bhubaneshwar. The selected choice, Star and diamond pattern from the Geometrique Collection of Heritage™ tiles was a no-brainer. This pattern is an all-time favourite and can never go out of style.

Tiles from the Geometrique Collection with their rich colours and unique patterns are sure to blend beautifully with any space. Select the right pattern and colour combination and experience a transformation in your floor, making it a work of art.

For details on the Geometrique Collection and to check out the entire range of designs and patterns visit

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

A New Year, A Brand New story!

Every year we strive to outdo ourselves from the previous year by leveraging our creativity and innovative thinking to come up with brand new collections that are unique and appeal to the ever-changing and evolving design sensibilities of our amazing clients. This year shall be no exception! 2018 promises a fresh outlook with many interesting designs and patterns; however, the quality remains the same – outstanding! Here we give you an insight of what we have in store for you with our all new designer collaboration ranges drawing inspiration from the vibrant elements of nature, and even sweet confections – a whole range of mesmerizing designs and patterns that will make you go “WOW”!

The first thing is our new designer collaboration range that stirs things up and gets us excited for 2018 is the spectacular Extra Large Please collection - a collection designed in collaboration with the gorgeous Shefali Choudhrie Diwanji of StudioSCD! We are pleased to announce our new designer collaboration range “The Extra Large Please" Collection. The Macaroon and Tropical Hive tiles are beautiful and handmade which can be used in large spaces and as table tops to create good aesthetics.  They are available in a host of different colours to suit your requirements!
Macarons - “In an increasingly square world, I’m drawn to curvilinear shapes and forms which fit into any space with ease. The sensual curves of the macaron are my inspiration behind these tiles. The Macarons can be randomly placed or laid out in a repetitive pattern for a playful look. Their extra large size, in fact, helps to make smaller spaces look larger.” Shefali Choudhrie Diwanji
BFT agrees with Shefali and we collaborated with her to create these gorgeous designs. The idea and inspiration behind these large and bold tiles are to make a small space look larger which is a very important trick everyone needs to know. 

Tropical Hives- The hive or the hexagon is the quintessential shape that is prevalent in nature. Inspired by the industrious bee, the hives series celebrates the hexagon in deep and subtle tropical hues. This pattern is a new 2018 trend at the BFT store.
The tropical hives or hexagonal tiles are truly taking the world of interiors to a next level by creating an eye-catching effect. They look fantastic in an open area or a balcony even in a living room. They are the trending this 2018 and also a new range in our BFT store. It can be customized with plain tiles around the tropical hives or the hexagon pattern. The tiles are available in various colours combinations according to your choice. The design of these can be as simple as all white or could contain a complex pattern of different colours and designs. 


Aranya is a Sanskrit word that translates to ‘green and bountiful forest’ making it an apt name for our next designer collaboration range inspired by God’s most beautiful creation - Nature.

The Aranya collection, a result of an exhilarating collaboration with Rohit Mankar from Parallax Design Studio, draws its inspiration from the patterns of nature in motion - the sculptural forms of a bird mid-flight, the gentle flutter of a butterfly’s wings, delicate overlapping petals in a gerbera flower swaying in the breeze, and the beautiful proportions of a dragonfly. Each theme creates a sense of nature captured in motion, and when combined, the different themes come together to create a magical woodland setting. The Forest series will add that perfect touch of whimsy and nature to your surfaces. You can play around with the different motifs or use plain tiles to create a wonderful pattern, be it on your floors or walls. These various patterns are available in different colours and combinations which when mixed together create absolute magic!!!

These are just some of the beautiful designs that BFT has in store for you in 2018!! Now that you know what inspires our new collections, come check them out for yourself and discover which one appeals to your aesthetics.

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